So that's the good news. One fellow who lives close to the mountain said that he thought it was just like a giant who had woken up, farted and gone back to sleep again.
Some of the tracks around the mountain are to be re-opened this morning.
However the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Northern Circuit tracks are still considered too dangerous - mostly because the ash has blocked some streams and caused rainwater to back up behind the blockages into small lakes. If these ash dams let go suddenly, they will sweep over the tracks in places, and that could wash trampers and/ or sections of track away. When it is considered safe to walk, there will be some interesting new views from some spots as you will now be able to see new steam vents.
|New steam vents have developed on the north side of the mountain.|
|Large rocks ejected during the eruption have damaged|
the roof and interior of the Ketetahi hut.
|New steam vent - Mount Tongariro.|
So, in summary, it appears it was all a bit like a small tantrum with some toys thrown out of the cot, plus some pooey smells that reached as far as Hawkes Bay to the east, and Wellington in the south.
Despite the findings, no-one can be completely sure what Tongariro will do next, and here is one blogger who's not in a hurry to reach for the tramping boots to go and see.
|Tussocks, hardy shrubs and stony soils characterise the central North Island Volcanic Plateau.|